A Visit to the Kilauea Lighthouse in Kilauea, Kaua’i September 2017

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A Visit to the Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea, Kaua’i

 

 

The 3rd time is the charm, they say, and on our 3rd visit to the Kilauea Lighthouse a couple of weeks ago we were finally able to get close, and to go inside. I’ve been fascinated with lighthouses for years, having spent so much time in New England, so it was quite a treat to take a 30 minute guided tour (15 people only) of this one, easily seen from our villa about 2 miles away across the ocean in Princeville.

 

Kilauea Lighthouse 

 

The lighthouse is located in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge several miles from the main road, Kuhio Highway.

 

Kilauea Lighthouse

 

I sure don’t remember all the details of what the tour guide shared and you can read more about the Kilauea Lighthouse history here. The light is no longer working, having been decommissioned back around 1976 but there is a powerful LED light on a platform by the lighthouse that can be seen for miles (the original light could be seen for 90 miles). Their new visitor center, also a fun and informative place to tour, was built in 1988.

 

 Visitors Center Display at the Kilauea Lighthouse

 

Interestingly, the site on this peninsula was purchased from the Kilauea Plantation Sugar Company for just $1, and the lighthouse was dedicated in 1913 following complex construction that took about a year and 4 years of planning – all supplies had to be brought to the site by boat and hoisted up to the site 100 feet up with a boom derrick they had to construct.

 

lens at the Kilauea Lighthouse

 

It was cool to climb the 2 circular flights of stairs, see the 360 degree views from near the top (you can’t go up to the very top where the lens is but we could get pretty close to see it), and on a pretty hot day to enjoy the breezes through the circular air vents. The lens is French-made (Barbier, Benard & Turenne), and all the instructions for assembly were in French, so that meant finding someone on the island who spoke and read French to translate!

 

Plaque in French

 

view from the top - Kilauea Lighthouse

 

The views of the setting from the hills are stunning, as are the views from the setting itself of the lush island, the ocean, and hundreds of birds that nest on the hillside. It’s a pretty popular attraction and well worth a visit…the cost is $5 which includes the tour. Open 10 – 4 Tuesday through Saturday. I believe tours of the lighthouse are only Wednesday and Saturday.

 

Air vents in the Kilauea Lighthouse

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Hi Jeff - Excellent photos and a beautiful lighthouse. I don't what it is about them, but I'll rarely pass up a chance to visit one. This is Cabo da Roca in Portugal - the westernmost point of the European continent.

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Sep 17, 2017 01:19 PM #9
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I have never visited one but would love too even if one was offered as a vacation rental.

Sep 17, 2017 02:24 PM #10
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Jeff Dowler those photos are so lovely and the view is breathtaking!  I can just live there :)

Sep 17, 2017 05:16 PM #11
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Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel  The photos are not as wonderful as the views were!

It really was spectacular Sharon Lee 

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Sep 18, 2017 08:44 PM #12
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I have seen many James Dray  but this was, I think, my first visit inside

It was wonderful Patricia Feager  I have seen Portland lighthouse many times, among a dozen or so other New England lighthouses. I love the sound of the foghorns!

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Sep 18, 2017 08:45 PM #13
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Hi Nina Hollander  - well I suspect it's an appeal for some, and not for others. So much other beauty to enjoy!

Indeed Carla Freund  despite wanting to just relax, we also wanted to enjoy some of the wonderful sights.  Always nice to take a return trip and either see what you missed or enjoy, again, what you saw before...and appreciate the beauty!

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Sep 18, 2017 08:48 PM #14
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Thanks Kathleen Daniels  - it was such fun to see up close and the tour and the history was fascinating!

It's pretty impressive Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  whan you consider when all these lighthouses tended to be built, and the sites they were built on. And so many are still functioning.

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Sep 18, 2017 08:50 PM #15
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Dick Greenberg 

I agree - they really are fascinating - the locations, the history, the views, and espcailly if they are still working. That is a wonderful photo. Thank you for sharing with us!

Jeff

 

Sep 18, 2017 08:53 PM #16
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Hi Joe Pryor  - I have seen a number of lighthouses that are available to stay in, although I don't recall where. That would be pretty cool!

Thanks for the kind words Susie Kay 

Jeff

Sep 18, 2017 08:57 PM #17
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Spectacular, Jeff!!! Every bit of this was beautifully executed. You are *FEATURED* in Travellers in the Rain!! 

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Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate 

I'm flattered. Thanks for the feature! Hope all is wonderful!!

Jeff

Sep 20, 2017 08:44 AM #19
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I've been there!!!!  What a wonderful array of photos.  It is the perfect spot to get great pics!!!

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Nice pictures of a beautiful place, Jeff. I've enjoyed my visits to the Kilauea lighthouse and natural preserve. Did you see all the nesting sea birds there?

 

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Oh, I've been there but, never gone in and I wish I had, Jeff! Glad you finally did it and WOW, what gorgeous shots too!

Like you, I have a thing for lighthouses - I don't know what it is but, it has to be something to do with that inherent passion for water that I have. I'm always drawn to them too and wish I had gone inside this one myself. 

Glad you did and happy that you shared the 'inside' with us here too!

Happy Tuesday, Jeff!

Sep 26, 2017 07:46 AM #22
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Hi Belinda Spillman  - and despite what the weather report originally said it was a gorgeous day, but warm and humid. It was a great way to start off the vacation.

Jeff

Sep 26, 2017 08:07 AM #23
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Hi Lottie Kendall 

YES! The birds were all over the hills and trees, although we could not see any nests. Not that time of year I guess.

Jeff

Sep 26, 2017 08:08 AM #24
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I really do have a fascination for water myself, but I've spent most of my life near it. Some of these structures are in pretty amazing locations - the one at Point Reyes north of San Francisco is another memorable one.

Jeff

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Jeff~you have been *FEATURED* IN TODAY'S TUESDAY TRAVELOGUE

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Hi Jeff, All I can say is "who doesn't love the state of Hawaii?" An expensive place to live but a wonderful place to visit regardless of which island you choose.  Your photos are A+ and I hope to see the lighthouse in person some day. My travel usually ends at Oahu or Maui.  Decommissioning the lighthouses sadly brings an end to an era.

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Hi Jack Tenold  Everyone I have talked to who has been is pretty fond of our 50th state. I love visiting but not sure I would want to live there. Thanks for the compliment! It was fun to finally see this one up close and inside!!

Jeff

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